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Date Posted: January 29, 2014

Coming Clean – Tips to Keep on Top of Your Home’s Dirtiest Rooms

Oakville, Ontario... Household chores are a never-ending reality of life. In fact, on average women spend more than two hours a day on household activities, which include housework and cooking. Yet, there's still always something to clean when keeping up with kids, pets and a hectic schedule. Tackle your home's dirtiest rooms with these quick tips to make chores easier and more effective so you can have a tidy, sparkling home in no time.

Getting Started
House cleaning is not a pleasant task, so pump yourself up by creating a cleaning playlist to make chores more entertaining. If you're lacking motivation, nothing will get you off the couch faster than a rockin' soundtrack. It can also be fun to time yourself during tasks; as you'll be surprised that most of the chores listed below can be completed in 10 minutes or less. Ready -- set -- start cleaning!

Kitchen Cleaning

  • Dishwasher Duty
    Once a week, shake baking soda on a damp sponge and wipe around the machine's edges to remove stuck-on food or stains. To clean the inside, run an empty cycle with Dishwasher Magic, a product designed to kill bacteria like E.coli. During cold and flu season, add a quarter-cup of bleach to the regular dish cycle to kill bacteria. The dishes will be safe and sanitized after the rinse cycle is finished.
  • Zap the Sponge
    We all know that sponges can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Disinfect yours every night by squeezing excess water out and microwaving it on high for a minute. When it's worn and smelly, replace with a new one.
  • Disinfect the Kitchen Sink
    A sparkling sink becomes your kitchen's benchmark for hygiene and tidiness. Moen makes cleaning the sink easier with its new Walden™ pullout kitchen faucet featuring the innovative Reflex® system. Its self-retracting wand helps fill large pots and the ergonomic design helps improve rinsing in and around the sink. Additionally, the Walden faucet features Microban®* antimicrobial protection -- built in to the faucet finish -- to help inhibit the growth of stain-and odour-causing bacteria, mold and mildew.
  • Refrigerator Refresh
    It's important to make sure your refrigerator is always clean and odourless, especially if you are expecting guests. One trick to get rid of smells is to open a canister of oatmeal and place it in the fridge for a few days to absorb any unappealing odours.

Maintain Beauty in the Bath

  • Tackle the Toilet
    Whether you like it or not, the toilet requires frequent cleaning. For a thorough wipe down, spray a disinfecting bathroom cleaner or chlorine bleach into the bowl and allow either product to sit for 10 minutes to fully annihilate germs, bacteria and viruses. To maintain the cleanliness, pour one cup of baking soda into the bowl each week to keep it fresh.
  • Scour the Shower
    Showers are also a breeding ground for bacteria and mildew -- feasting on body oils and soap scum. Make shower doors shine by rubbing a teaspoon of lemon oil on glass shower doors twice a month, this will cause water to bead up and roll off. Or, try Rain-X Original Glass Treatment, a car-care product made to keep rainwater off your windshield. Use it twice a year. For easy maintenance, after each shower, clean the stall or tub and tiles with a squeegee.
  • Spotless Sinks
    After your family finishes brushing their teeth or shaving, use a dry terrycloth hand towel on the mirror and bathroom faucets to wipe away spots of lather so they won't build up. For a spotless fixture around the clock, consider the Moen® Ashville™ bathroom faucet featuring Microban antimicrobial protection. The faucet is available in Moen's exclusive Spot Resist™ Brushed Nickel finish, which resists fingerprints and water spots to maintain the brilliance of the fixture.

Living Room

  • Eliminating Pet Hair
  • If you're having a difficult time removing pet hair from furniture and other fabric surfaces, put on a wet rubber dishwashing glove and wipe your hand over surfaces. The hair will stick right to it.
  • Perfectly Polished
    Make polishing fun. Turn on your favourite music, dampen a pair of old socks with furniture cleanser or polish and dust to the beat. You also can put those socks on your feet and "dance" over dirty floors.
  • Stop Clutter at the Front Door
    Mount a plastic or cloth shoe rack inside your front entry closet door, and use it to stash all kinds of living and family room miscellany—toys, hats, gloves, magazines, etc. You can even designate one of the pockets for mail you're not sure whether to save or toss.

Cleaning the home doesn't have to be a strenuous task. By creating a checklist of key items to tackle routinely, you'll keep on top of your home's dirtiest rooms.

For more information contact:

Garry Scott
Vice President, Wholesale Marketing & Brand Development
Phone: (800) 465-6130
Email: garry.scott@moen.com
Courtney McGeever or Samantha Eastman
Falls Communications
Phone: (216) 696-0229
Email: cmcgeever@fallscommunications.com
or seastman@fallscommunications.com

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